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Former APD Officer Pleads Guilty to Illegal Database Searches

Published On: Nov 27 2013 09:04:45 AM AKST   Updated On: Nov 27 2013 09:18:19 AM AKST
Former APD Officer Pleads Guilty to Illegal Database Searches

A former Anchorage police officer has pleaded guilty to using a police computer to illegally look up information about a woman he arrested on a drunken driving charge and later started seeing casually.

The Anchorage Daily News says Mark Moeller pleaded guilty Monday to criminal use of a computer and misuse of confidential information.

Moeller initially faced 13 counts when he was charged in May, including eight criminal-use counts, four misuse counts and one count of official misconduct.

Police say Moeller used the Alaska Public Safety Information Network to run queries on a sister-in-law, as well as the woman he arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. The misuse came to light when he repeatedly asked a municipal prosecutor to drop or reduce charges against the woman, prompting the prosecutor to report his behavior to APD.

Moeller was hired in 2011 and resigned in February.

His attorney with the Office of Public Advocacy did not immediately return a call for comment Tuesday.

Moeller was not immediately sentenced, but the plea deal requires Moeller to relinquish his state law enforcement certification.

Channel 2’s Chris Klint contributed information to this story.